The Anonymous Shoe
Perhaps I should have a rule: if something in New York City is enough to stop me dead in my tracks, no matter how trivial it may appear, it is worthy of a photo and story. After all, it would be rather stingy to seek out photo ops and then, when something truly piques the interest of denizens of the city, share it only with other fellow New Yorkers, would it not?
Yesterday, during the evening rush hour, on a highly trafficked intersection of Spring Street and Broadway, I encountered this woman's dress boot and sock. Thousands just walked by it, leaving it completely undisturbed. But it was very, very perplexing. It seems unlikely that someone would lose one shoe and one sock. It seemed equally unlikely that someone would discard one shoe and sock.
This was not a monumental occurrence but rather something so deliberate that it begged for attention. Was this another example of Lost and Found - the Hanukkah star cat I discovered in 2008 which appeared to be more deliberately placed than lost? If lost and left for the owner, it was in the least likely of places, New York City, where the prospect of finding or recovering lost articles, seems about as remote as humanly possible (see Area Code 714, Part 1 and Part 2). On March 15, 2011, in Titillation of the Day, I wrote:
On December 26, 2008, in a story called Lost and Found, I told of my experience in Paris, where lost articles were often repositioned prominently in near where it was found, in hopes the original owner will return via that route and find it. Since that time, I have noticed this practice on the streets of New York City. It may come as somewhat surprising, but the more aware you are of this practice, the more likely you will notice it.
I approached a woman nearby purchasing a cupcake at the Melissa window bakeshop and asked her opinion. She appeared to be equally confused. Another passerby commented that someone was trying to make a statement. When I remarked that it may be the subject of a story, he suggested "The Anonymous Shoe."
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